'A big first step:' Idaho lawmakers explain health care repeal vote

No surprise here, as Idaho GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador joined the Republican House in a largely symbolic vote to repeal health care reform.

With the nearly party-line 245-189, the bill heads to the Senate, where its prospects appear dim.

A couple quick quotes:

Simpson: “I strongly believe the best thing we could do is to repeal the bill in its entirety and start the process over by passing smaller bills that enjoy bipartisan support and focus on bringing down costs for American healthcare consumers.”

Labrador: “Repealing this law will enable Congress to begin the process of finding constitutional, market-based solutions to providing Idahoans with accessible and affordable quality healthcare without stifling job growth and increasing government spending.”

Here's the full news release:

Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl R. Labrador voted today in favor of H.R. 2, legislation repealing the Democrat’s health care law. The bill fully repeals President Obama’s health care reform bill that was signed into law last year. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2 with a final vote of 245-189. Both Simpson and Labrador were original cosponsors of the bill.

“The Democrats’ health care bill is wrong for our country,” said Simpson. “I strongly believe the best thing we could do is to repeal the bill in its entirety and start the process over by passing smaller bills that enjoy bipartisan support and focus on bringing down costs for American healthcare consumers.”

“With this vote, the House took a big first step towards repealing this unconstitutional law — a step in the direction asked for by a majority of Idahoans,” said Labrador. “Repealing this law will enable Congress to begin the process of finding constitutional, market-based solutions to providing Idahoans with accessible and affordable quality healthcare without stifling job growth and increasing government spending.”

The bill now needs the support of the Senate before potentially moving to the White House, where President Obama can veto any legislation, however the Idaho Congressmen vow to work to repeal and amend the law in any way possible to limit its impact on small businesses and taxpayers. Congressman Simpson and Labrador pledge to move forward with other measures that have a chance of becoming law offering Americans genuine health care solutions. They both support Idaho’s constitutional challenge to the Democrats’ bill; they will both work to amend the bill to alter its most onerous provisions; and they will both seek to limit funding of its implementation.

Simpson and Labrador are also cosponsors of three other bills that would repeal individual sections of the burdensome health care legislation. The bills include:

• H.R. 21, the Reclaiming Individual Liberty Act, introduced by Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ). This bill repeals the unconstitutional individual mandate.

• H.R.154, the Defund the Individual Mandate Act, introduced by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX). This bill prohibits funds from being appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency to be used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

• H.R. 144, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011, introduced by Congressman Daniel Lungren (R-CA). This bill repeals the onerous and burdensome small business tax reporting provision that requires business owners to submit a separate 1099 reporting form for every single business-to-business transaction that totals more than $600 in a given year.

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As expected

Q.E.D.

Wonderful way to waste valuable Congressional time!

What kind of "statement" does this make other than that we have leaders trying to get face time in Congress and create trite sound bites instead of trying to do something real and meaningful? I say they're all overpaid. Why don't we do a "right sizing" of Congress & cut it by 10-20% across the board?

So they want to defund health care

while they continue to vote for farm subsidies and other corporate welfare.

President Obama Wins Either Way

No matter how this turns out - though it will likely die in the Senate - you have to credit President Obama (along with Pelosi and Reid) for getting health insurance reform passed where no one before them could.

At least now the Republicans are forced to come up with something they didn't even want to talk about previously.

prexisting conditions

As of Dec. 2010 you can no longer be denied coverage for a prexisting condition. As one of my very conservative friends explains it best "this gives the individual freedom as your employeer can no longer hold you captive to a job you don't want and keep you from moving onto something better because you are afraid of losing coverage for yourself or one of your loved ones."

How much did it cost?

So, how much did Congress spend to symbolically repeal healthcare reform?

"Well, I was just freaking out and there was the button"...

"I really don't know what happened, I just HIT IT"

"Again, and again... it felt so GOOD like the rays of the sun"!

"And then I LAUGHED! Why, I couldn't stop myself, no, it was too late and the burning in my veins was lifted"

"My God, it was sweet release like I've never known"!

--Unaired Twilight Zone script?

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Too funny

The GOP shtick is getting old though.

Market Based

Market based solutions is the buzz word for maintaining the status quo wherein the insurance companies have the ability to deny coverage to anyone, drop anyone who is currently covered, and charge whatever they please. When your elected representatives choose profit over people it is time to consider whether or not they really care if their constitutents live or die. When cancer visits your family, and it will, I hope you can be proud of your support of those who would maintain the right of your insurer to drop you like a bad habit. Here's to your health amigos.

Uh, I don't really know but I HATE that stuff.

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